Submitted to: American Association of Cereal Chemists
Publication Type: Book / chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 9/16/2002
Publication Date: 7/20/2003
Citation: DARRAH, L.L., MCMULLEN, M.D., ZUBER, M.S. (DECEASED). BREEDING, GENETICS, AND SEED CORN PRODUCTION. WHITE, P.J., JOHNSON, L.A., EDITORS. AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF CEREAL CHEMISTS, ST. PAUL, MN. CORN: CHEMISTRY AND TECHNOLOGY, SECOND EDITION. 2003. P. 35-68. Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: This book chapter on the breeding, genetics, and seed production of corn is one of several in the volume entitled "Corn: Chemistry and Technology" published by the American Association of Cereal Chemists. It is intended as a current reference for researchers needing a quick, but thorough overview of the corn crop, plant, grain, and its products from a broad range of perspectives. Chapters range from corn culture to nutritional properties and feeding values of corn and its by-products. Our chapter encompasses (i) the plant (reproduction, kernel structure, endosperm dosage effects, and endosperm variation); (ii) progress in corn improvement (early inbreeding and hybridization experiments, use of open-pollinated varieties, introduction of hybrids, and single-cross and modified single-cross hybrids); (iii) breeding techniques for selection of improved genotypes (mass selection, random self lines, S1 and S2 line selection, recurrent selection, extraction of inbred lines from populations improved by recurrent selection, inbred line development from recycling existing lines or from inbred line families, and evaluation of experimental material); (iv) kernel modification through breeding (single-mutant endosperm genes and altering kernel composition and integrity by selection); (v) molecular genetics tools and quantitative traits (probes/markers, genetic maps, quantitative trait loci, and marker assited selection), and (vi) seed production (crossing techniques, isolation requirements, seed conditioning, seed classification, and contract production).